Meg Freeman Whalen

Meg Freeman Whalen

A freelance writer in Charlotte, North Carolina, Meg Freeman Whalen has written more than 220 articles for Charlotte magazine, The Charlotte Observer, and Charlotte Arts Magazine, including features, personality profiles, critical reviews, and previews. She served as contributing arts editor for Charlotte magazine from 2003 to 2007. Her short book, The Sound of Charlotte: The First 75 Years of the Charlotte Symphony, was published in January 2007. The first chapter of that book, "An Orchestra is Born," was reprinted in the anthology, Making Notes: Music of the Carolinas, published by Novello Press in 2008.

Scholarly articles include "From Salonière to Social Activist: Muriel Draper and the Popular Front," in the Journal of the North Carolina Association of Historians, Vol. 6-7, Fall 1998-Fall 1999; "A Little Republic Filled with Grace: The Nineteenth-Century Music Salon," in Women of Note Quarterly Vol. 3, No.4, November 1995; and "Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel's Sunday Musicales," in Women of Note Quarterly Vol. 2, No. 1, February 1994, reprinted in the Journal of the Conductors' Guild Vol. 14, no. 1, Winter/Spring 1993.

Since 1994, Whalen has taught music history and music appreciation courses at Queens University of Charlotte. She is currently the Director of Communications and External Relations for the College of Arts + Architecture at UNC Charlotte.

Articles by Meg Freeman Whalen:

Anything Goes Brings the Best of Cole Porter to CPCC

Musical Theatre Review by Meg Freeman Whalen,  June 19, 2015

The Exhilaration of Theatre Charlotte's Hair

Musical Theatre Review by Meg Freeman Whalen,  May 16, 2014

Humor Wins in Theatre Charlotte's The Miss Firecracker Contest

Theatre Review by Meg Freeman Whalen,  January 24, 2014

"Winter Dreams" Offers Rare Chance to See Ashton Classic

Dance Review by Meg Freeman Whalen,  December 6, 2013

An Accordion in Paris

Chamber Music Review by Meg Freeman Whalen,  November 10, 2013

Davidson Community Players' Connie Company Presents Narnia

Children's Theatre, Musical Theatre Review by Meg Freeman Whalen,  November 9, 2013

Davidson Community Players Presents The Pajama Game

Musical Theatre Review by Meg Freeman Whalen,  June 20, 2013

CAST Creates Elegant Proof

Theatre Review by Meg Freeman Whalen,  May 10, 2013

Romantic Enchantment and Classical Grace in Sleeping Beauty

Dance Review by Meg Freeman Whalen,  March 9, 2012

A Nutcracker of Surpassing Beauty

Dance Review by Meg Freeman Whalen,  December 9, 2011

The Civil War Opens at Central Piedmont Community College

Musical Theatre Review by Meg Freeman Whalen,  September 23, 2011

Red Priest Antics and Performance Entertain

Chamber Music Review by Meg Freeman Whalen,  February 19, 2011

Music at Queens: The Poulenc Trio

Review by Meg Freeman Whalen,  November 6, 2010

(Loud) Charlotte Blues: Otis Taylor

Blues Review by Meg Freeman Whalen,  June 16, 2010

Sondheim: Assassins

Musical Theatre Review by Meg Freeman Whalen,  April 14, 2010

5 Browns Kick off Classics in the Knight

Recital Review by Meg Freeman Whalen,  February 16, 2010

Hugo Wolf Quartett at UNC-Charlotte

Chamber Music Review by Meg Freeman Whalen,  February 25, 2009